Ford Tempo/Topaz 1984-1994 Repair Guide

Lower Control Arm Inner Pivot Bushing



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

A special C-Clamp type removal/installation tool is required. See note under Stabilizer Bar for the Ford part number of this tool.

  1. Raise the front of the car and safely support it on jackstands.
  3. Remove the stabilizer bar-to-control arm nut and the dished washer.
  5. Remove the inner control arm pivot nut and bolt. Pull the arm down from its mounting and away from the stabilizer bar.
  7. Carefully cut away the retaining lip of the bushing. Use the special clamp type tool and remove the bushing.
  9. Saturate the new bushing with vegetable oil and install the bushing using the special tool.
  11. Position the lower control arm over the stabilizer bar and install into the inner body mounting using a new bolt and nut. Tighten the inner nut and bolt to 44-53 ft. lbs. (10-22 Nm). Tighten the stabilizer nut to 10-20 ft. lbs. (31-95 Nm). Be sure to install the dished washer ahead of the nut.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Bushing removal tool. Notice the different pieces for removing and installing the bushings

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Fig. Fig. 2: Pressing a bushing out

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Fig. Fig. 3: Pressing a bushing in